Mana Pools

Frequently Asked Questions

No children under the age of 12 years old, unless otherwise arranged on request with management. Please note any child policy allowances will be at the discretion of management

The illustrious Mana Pools Safari Lodge extends an array of transportation options to suit your personal preference and facilitate your seamless journey to the camp. These options include:

  • A luxurious charter flight that will convey you to the main airstrip in Mana Pools, from where you will embark on a scenic 25-kilometer road trip to the camp aboard a specially designed game viewer.
  • A comfortable road transfer from the Kariba International Airport to the camp that spans a distance of approximately 180 kilometers, in a secure and private transfer vehicle.
  • A tranquil boat transfer from Chirundu to the camp, which encompasses a picturesque 1.30-hour journey. The fleet features two exquisite aluminum riverboats, comprising a capacious 16-seater for larger groups and a smaller, yet equally remarkable 8-seater of similar design.
  • Self-driven locals may opt for a thrilling 400-kilometer adventure from Harare, which entails a 90-kilometer dirt road expedition, in a sturdy 4×4 vehicle that is an absolute requirement for this scenic route.

The Lodge has a certified water filtration plant and reverse osmosis-no plastic water bottlesallowed. The Lodge will always be stocked with cold drinking water in glass bottles.Game drive vehicles will have stainless steel 500ml water bottles.

  • Sunblock
  • Sunglasses
  • Lightweight cool clothing
  • Light jacket for winter evenings
  • Good pair of walking shoes
  • Torch
  • Swimming Costume
  • Hat
  • Mosquito Repellant
  • Body Spray
  • Binoculars
  • Camera
  • Fishing Equipment
  • Malaria Prophylactic as Mana Pools is in a Malaria Area

Mana Pools is generally warm and hot. The winter season is from mid-May to mid-August, whereevenings and early mornings can be chilly at around 12°C (54°F). Days are clear and warm at28°C (82°F). August to October are the hottest, driest months, with temperatures soaring tobetween 40°C and 50°C (104°F-122°F). November usually sees the first rains, which bring highhumidity levels in their wake. December to February is the peak rainy season, which usuallyconsists of afternoon thundershowers or a steady drizzle that can last for days. Averagetemperaturesrange from 21°C-31°C (70°F-88°F). March and April see rains slowing down, withevenings and early mornings becoming cooler. Average temperatures 19°C-31°C (66°F-88°F).

Mana Pools National Park is in a tsetse fly and malaria region. Tsetse fly and mosquito bites can sometimes be irritating, so please bring along antihistamine tablets, cream or other appropriate medication, if you are prone to allergic reactions from insect bites. Wear loose fitting clothing on game drives, a light waterproof jacket may also help. We strongly suggest that you avoid wearing black and dark blue clothing during the day, as these colours do tend to attract the flies. The highest risk of transmission of malaria is during the rainy season from October to May. It is strongly advisable to take malaria prophylactics before, during and after your visit. We advise that you consult a medical practitioner at least six weeks prior to travel on malaria preventions and which prophylactics will be suitable for you. In addition to the recommendations of your medical practitioner, you may also consider the following proactive preventative measures:

  • Apply insect repellent to exposed skin.
  • Wear long-sleeved clothing and long pants at dawn and dusk, as well as closed shoes.
  • Use a mosquito net and spray repellent before going to bed.
  • 30% deposit to confirm reservation
  • Balance due 30 days before arrival.
  • 100% payment upfront if arrival is within 30 days 


  • Cancel over 60 days – the 30% deposit less 15% is refundable.
  • Cancel between 60-30 days, the full deposit is non-refundable.
  • Cancel within 30 days, the full amount is non-refundable.


12 Thatched Chalets

Each room has:

  • 2 double beds with mosquito nets
  • En-suite bathrooms
  • Double showers
  • Double basin
  • Toilet / Bath and Bidet
  • Ceiling fan and 1 standing fan per room.
  • Safe facilities
  • Dressing Gowns
  • Slippers
  • Plug Points
  • Each room has 6 square plugs and usb ports